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Linux Hardware Configuration

In this article, we are going to know about the hardware configuration required to install and use Linux with all of its features.
Submitted by Monika Sharma, on February 16, 2020

What sort of hardware configuration is expected to run Linux? This is a decent question; the real hardware configuration for the OS changes intermittently. The Linux Hardware−HOWTO gives a (pretty much) complete posting of hardware supported by Linux. The Linux INFO−SHEET gives another rundown.

For the Intel variants, a hardware configuration that resembles coming up next is required:

Any 80386, 80486, Pentium or Pentium II processor will work fine with Linux. Non−Intel clones of the 80386 and up will by and large work.
The ISA, EISA, VESA Local Bus and PCI architectural designs are supported. The MCA architectural design (found on IBM PS/2 machines) has been negligibly supported since the 2.1.x portions, yet may not be prepared for prime time yet.

You need in any event 4 megabytes of memory in your machine. Linux will run with just 2 megs, yet most establishments and programming require 4. The more memory you have, the more smooth the experience you'll have. I recommend a flat out least of 16 megabytes in case you're intending to utilize X−Windows; 64 is better.

You'll need a hard drive. All MFM, RLL, and IDE drives and controllers should work. Numerous SCSI drives and connectors are supported also; the Linux SCSI−HOWTO contains more data on SCSI. On the off chance that you are gathering a system without any preparation to run Linux, the little extra cost of SCSI is well justified, despite all the trouble for the additional presentation and unwavering quality it brings.

You'll need a CD−ROM drive; successfully all Linux versions are presently CD−ROM based. On the off chance that your machine was worked in 1998 or later, you ought to have the option to boot your Linux's installer directly off the CD−ROM without utilizing a boot floppy.

If your CD−ROM is ATAPI, SCSI, or genuine IDE you ought to have no issue making it work. If your CD−ROM utilizes a restrictive interface card, it's conceivable the establishment piece you're going to boot from floppy won't have the option to see it −− and a blocked off CD−ROM is an establishment show−stopper.

If your CD−ROM isn't in your machine's boot succession, you will require a 3.5" floppy drive.

You likewise need an MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, or Super VGA video card and screen. By and large, on the off chance that your video card and screen work under MS−DOS or Windows, at that point they should work under Linux.

You'll require free space for Linux on your hard drive. The measure of space required relies upon how a lot of software you intend to install and what kind of purpose you need to serve. Today most systems require some space in the ballpark of a gigabyte. This incorporates space for the software, swap space, and free space for clients, etc.

It's possible that you could run a minimal Linux framework in 80 megs or less, and it's possible that you could utilize two gigabytes or more for the entirety of your Linux programming. The sum fluctuates significantly relying upon the amount of software you introduce and how a lot of space you require.

If you are already running windows on your system, you are more likely to have the appropriate hardware configuration for your chosen Linux to run on. Moreover, you can even run multiple OS i.e. The Windows and The Linux on the same system which is known as Dual Boot.

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